Kevin Na Shoots 16
By mustang6560 on 4/15/11
Records are meant to be broken. Unfortunately for Kevin Na, he set a less than desirable record - highest score on a par 4.

In the Valero Texas Open, Na posted a whooping 16 on No. 9. But, hey, Na didn't seem too upset about it after his round.
“I feel like I’m playing somewhat decent and it was one shot — actually two but one that started the whole thing and it was one bad hole and what’s crazy about this game,” Na said. “One bad hole can basically shoot you out of the tournament. That’s what I just did. Without that I shot I believe ...”

. . .

“I think I handled myself pretty well,” said Na, who made three birdies and no bogeys the rest of his round. “My play just shows that 4 under — 3 under on the rest of the way in, whatever I did. I hit a lot of good shots and didn’t make another bogey afterwards. It just shows you how well I took it.”
Na and his caddie originally wrote down a 15 but after watching a replay, they counted 16. The crazy thing is even with a 16 on hole 9, he still only shot an 80. That means had he shot par on the ninth, he would have shot a 68.

So far this morning, he's E thru five holes, so I don't think he's going to make the cut. If you want to watch all 16 strokes, click here.

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cpjolicoeur says:
this isnt a PGA Tour record, btw. at least two guys have carded a 23 on one hole before
mustang6560 says:
It's a record on a par 4.
Shankapotamus says:
I was watching when this happened. He hit multiple balls from the tee, hit himself with the ball, swung left handed @ least twice, hit the ball backwards, and whiffed once.

I have to give him credit because he happened to be the player that was mic'd up for Golf Channel coverage and not only did he keep the microphone all through the whole ordeal, he controlled his emotions and didn't use any profanity. The discussion between he and his caddy over the next couple holes was pretty funny.
jerdman says:
Yowza... I think a lot of us would face similar scores if we werent worried by pace of play and played strictly by the rules.
Very impressive how he played after that.
Kickntrue says:
Ya- I think the most impressive thing is that he shot an 80 on the day. Pretty darn good considering he was 12 over on a single hole.
mjaber says:
Seeing as he is one of, if not the, slowest player on tour... how long did it take him to make all of the strokes?
Kurt the Knife says:
Looks like a regular round for me.
homermania says:
Congratulations, Kevin!
Duffer 83 says:
I saw it too he should have listened to his caddy and went back to the tee instead of trying to play out of the woods. Once he played the first shot out of there he lost his chance to go back and he spiraled out of control. It was painful to watch but all his fault for not thinking...lesson learned
Torleif Sorenson says:
His caddy needed more than just a scorecard; he could have used a TI-83 Plus programmable calculator.
Kickntrue says:
The caddie seemed the most pissed. For Kevin Na- it means a missed weeks paycheck and and a loss of a chunk of money (but it happens). He'll still be a millionaire this year. For his caddie- it represents a much bigger part of his total earnings as he tries to just make $100k.
Shankapotamus says:
@Kick- It also makes his caddy look bad. I'm sure other guys were looking up at the board asking how his caddy let him get into a situation where he made a 16. It's supposed to be the caddie's job to slow him down and make sure he makes the right decisions. In the caddie's defense, he did tell him to go back to the tee and, even after he played a shot from the woods the caddy tried to get him to declare it unplayable and take it back far enough on a line that he had a clear shot out but Na refused saying "Just give me another ball" a la Tin Cup.
jfurr says:
@Torleif -- I have an older in-law who uses one of those mechanical clickers to count his strokes... he still manages to be wrong though... "That's a 6" - uh, OK...
srogers13 says:
Hey, at least Na finished his round, even going through the trouble of going to the golf channel video to get the right score. Also, he played his whole second round, shooting a 77, but did par 9 this time around. Richard Johnson took a 9 on 9, then ended up withdrawing with a "sore shoulder."
elhacker says:
ESPN is making fun of him big time this morning. Na was taking it in stride and is laughing about it.
Torleif Sorenson says:
He was? Well, good for him. Things usually turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

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